The Museum remains open with regular hours during the government shutdown.
Federal employees receive free admission by showing their federal badges at the admissions desk.


Explore The Evicted Notecards, Written By Visitors – Part 1

Monday, January 7, 2019

Explore The Evicted Note Cards, Written By Visitors – Part 1 Over the past few months the Evicted exhibition has been collecting note cards written by visitors who have stopped by to learn more about the eviction crisis across the United States. Since setting out...

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Collections Highlight: Wrapping Paper

Friday, December 28, 2018

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar Tis’ the season to highlight a couple of festive and unexpected artifacts in the National Building Museum’s permanent collection- wrapping paper! While both of our wrapping paper artifacts are in the Washington National Cathedral Construction Archives Collection, they could not be...

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Interview with Creative in Residence Heather Sultz

Friday, December 28, 2018

Heather Sultz is a performer, choreographer, and educator who has been creating movement studies from an early age. She’s performed with various dance companies around the world and presented her own choreography through her company SultzDance. She now specializes in site-specific work, exploring architectural and...

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Public school playground, Sedona, Arizona; 2009. All images © Bill Bamberger.

National Building Museum to open HOOPS

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New exhibition celebrates the power of basketball to transcend place and build community WASHINGTON, D.C.—On March 9, 2019, the National Building Museum opens HOOPS, a new exhibition of photographer Bill Bamberger’s work documenting private and community basketball courts around the country and abroad. Hauntingly devoid...

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Washington Channel Bridge

Collections Highlight: Washington Channel Bridge

Monday, December 10, 2018

By Laura Hicken, Assistant Registrar The historic home of the Museum was built between 1882 and 1887 in part to house the headquarters of the United States Pension Bureau in the years after the Civil War. The passage of time and onset of World War...

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